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Do you just so happen to have an elephant on hand who desperately needs a good name? Well, look no further, because you’re about to experience an array of great names to suit any elephant’s personality, gender, or look.
From circus-related names like Jumbo and Ringmaster to Disney-inspired names like Hathi Jr., there are plenty of elephant names that are filled to the brim with character.
Within this article, I will share an extensive list of elephant monikers and their meanings so that your wrinkly friend can let their true self shine.
Best Elephant Names
When it comes to naming an elephant, there are a lot of difficulties that you may have to overcome. For example, you need to first figure out its gender, then see what sort of personality it has, and then ultimately, go with the same that suits its vibe the most.
In this case, it’s always best to start with the basics. For example, do you have a slightly brown-colored elephant? If so, Coffee might be a good option.
Some advice: pick one key trait that you love about your elephant and go from there.
Girl Elephant Names
Did you know that a girl elephant is called a cow, a male is called a bull, and the baby is called a calf?
Maybe going for a heavily gendered name like Cow would be a fun option.
- Daisy – Comes from Old English and means ‘day’s eye’
- Grace – A French name which means ‘charm’
- Sahara – Especially perfect for an African elephant
- Nedalya – Bulgarian for ‘Sunday’
- Buttercup – comes from Latin and means ‘little frog’
- Eloise – A French name meaning ‘famous warrior’
Boy Elephant Names
If you’re looking for a boy’s elephant name then you’ve certainly come to the right place!
Boys can be little rascals, so maybe going for a name that is related to this could be fun – for example, why not the name Rascal?
- Arthur – Comes from the Welsh word for ‘bear’
- Eddie – The name is short for Edward and stands for wealth and prosperity
- Paddy – Short for Patrick
- Borneo – Means ‘land’ in Hindu
Unisex Names For Elephants
If you’re not the sort to gender your elephant, then maybe you’d want to consider a unisex name.
Not only are they all super cute, but it also means that you can dress them in any way you fancy without anyone pointing out that a suit and pants are a little too much for Emily.
- Peanut – Comes from the Turkish word for ‘husk’
- Trumpet – Comes from Old French and means ‘to proclaim’
- Rain – Comes from the German word for ‘wet’
Cute Names For Elephants
Whether you have a baby elephant or a fully-fledged adult, it’s never too late to give them a cute elephant name.
Names ending in -y might be a good call, as they always sound a little cutesy.
- Lucky – Because elephants will always bring you good fortune
- Tiny – Probably quite ironic
- Casa – Home sweet home!
- Floppy – Comes from the Old English word, means ‘likely to flop’
- Asia – Perfect for an Asian elephant
- Bubble – Comes from the Middle Dutch word, means ‘small water vesticle’
Good Names For Elephants
A good name for an elephant is one that you’re not going to forget, that represents the elephant well and that everyone adores.
Some of these might be descriptive ones such as ‘Chatterbox’, and others might be rather unusual such as ‘Stomper’.
- Stuffed Elephant
Funny Names For Elephants
As you can probably tell, there are a million epic elephant monikers just floating about there in the world.
But why not add some flair and name your elephant something that gives you a good belly laugh every time you call them over to you?
- Big Ear
- Pequeñito – Means ‘very small’ in Spanish
- Theresa Mendoza
Cool Names For Elephants
There are many different symbols that the elephant represents, such as wisdom, success, protection, loyalty, companionship, and good luck.
As such, maybe you might want to consider naming your elephant after one of these key symbols?
- Little Success
- Buen Suerte
- Larger than Life
- Lucky Lucy
Circus-Inspired Names For Elephants
We all know Jumbo (and the subsequent movie character Dumbo) and elephants have had a long history it’s circuses. So why not hone in on that and give your elephant a circus-inspired name?
- Jumbo – The inspiration behind Dumbo, this was the name of the bull in PT. Barnum’s circus
Unique Elephant Names
Because what’s the point in having an elephant if you’re just going to give it a boring name?
There are plenty of unique elephant monikers that you may not have thought of… starting with these!
Bonus points if you give them a last name.
- Abdul-Abbas – Means ‘lion’ in Arabic
- Lin Wang – Because why not name your elephant after the World War II monument builder?
- Old Man
- Hanno – Means ‘gullible’
- Sri Lanka
Famous Elephant Names In Movies
There are many famous elephants around the world, all with super cute and catchy names.
Especially if you want to pay homage to a movie that you love, naming your elephant after one of these characters is a great idea.
- Horton – From Horton Hears a Who
- Sonja – From The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
- Babar – From Babar the Elephant
- Snuffleupagus – Sesame Street’s elephant puppet
Cartoon Elephant Names
Cartoon elephants usually wind up going on all sorts of crazy adventures, so why not give your elephant a kick-ass name?
Alternatively, if you want to spice up the name of your elephant whilst still taking inspiration from a cartoon, then why not give it a name such as Mowgli’s Boy rather than plain ol’ Hathi?
- Shep – From George in the Jungle
- Mowgli’s Boy
- Jerry Jr
- Torri Kelly
Disney Elephant Names
Perhaps you want to name your elephant after some popular elephant characters – and if you do, then I certainly wouldn’t blame you!
Disney elephants are famous for a reason, so taking some inspiration from a character that you already adore can be a good place to start.
- Elmer – Because everyone loves Elmer from Elmer Elephant!
- Hathi – We all know and love Hathi from Kipling’s beloved tale, the Jungle Book
- Dumbo – Of course, the most famous Disney elephant is Dumbo!
- Tantor – From Tarzan
- Elmer – Because everyone loves Elmer from Elmer Elephant!
- Heffalump – What the characters of Winnie the Pooh call elephants
Names For A White Elephant
If you’re lucky enough to have a white elephant, then you might want to go for a name related to its coloring.
Alternatively, maybe you’d want to go for something snow- or winter-themed.
- Secret Santa
Names For A Pink Elephant
Pink elephants are just adorable, aren’t they?
One super cute idea when naming a pink elephant is looking out for things that you love that are pink.
Personally, I love rose-flavored boba tea, so I would probably name it something like Rose, Boba, or even Tea!
The inspiration for a name can come from anywhere but dictionaries, online forums, and lists such as this can be incredibly helpful.
One thing that you can do is write down some notes on your phone or a piece of paper stating each name that you like the sound of. Take the note with you, adding more names and removing others along the way until you have the perfect name for your elephant.
If you’re the sort of person to remember your dreams then keeping a piece of paper by your bedside might be a good idea – that way, when inspiration strikes you will already be prepared!
Help Choosing The Perfect Name
There are many things that you should take into consideration when naming your elephant. For example, personality, color, size, and temperament are key factors, but there are other things that you may overlook.
The way they act around you is a good indicator that may help you decide on the perfect elephant name. For example, if they walk very fast then a name like Speedy might suit them, or if they are a picky eater then Vegan could be funny.
If you’re really struggling with ideas then asking friends, family, or even online groups for their opinion might be a good idea. Alternatively, if you have a few names that you just can’t choose between, write them down on paper, hold them out to the elephant, and let them choose for themselves!
In a world where almost anything could be a name, it can be incredibly difficult to choose the perfect name for your elephant friend. But with time and some creative thinking, you can surely pick the perfect one!
If all else fails, then you could do what The Jungle Book does and name your elephant after yourself, just adding Jr. to the end.
What is the baby elephant’s name in Jungle Book?
The young elephant in The Jungle Book is called Hathi Jr, after its father Colonel Hathi, the leader of the group of elephants.
This is an elephant with brown fluffy hair, so this could be a good name if your elephant looks like it’s wearing a toupee.
What is the elephant’s name in the movie Sing?
The elephant in sing is called Meena.
This is a female elephant that wears bows to tie back its ears, so you might consider this if you fancy adding gems and accessories to your elephant.
What is the elephant’s name in Adventure Time?
The name of the elephant in Adventure Time is called Tree Trunks.
It is a yellow pygmy elephant with sleepy eyes which is friends with Jake and Finn. Teenagers especially would like this name.
What is the elephant’s name in Tarzan?
The name of the elephant in Tarzan is called Tantor.
This elephant is especially large and red, so any well-fed pink elephant would suit this name quite well.
What is the elephant’s name on Sesame Street?
Also known as Snuffy, the elephant’s name on Sesame Street is Snuffleupagus.
It is covered in long brown hair which looks a bit like a mammoth, so any inspiring paleontologist might love this name.
What is the name of the elephant god?
The name of the elephant god in Hinduism is Ganesha, also called Ganesh and Ganapati.
This is the god of wisdom, luck, and new beginnings, along with being the obstacle remover. Any elephant with this name is sure to bring good fortune!
What is the elephant’s name in Inside Out?
The name of the elephant in Inside Out is Bing Bong.
This is another pink elephant and is a bit of a goofball, so any playful fun-loving elephant would benefit from this name.
What is the elephant’s name in Peppa Pig?
The elephant in Peppa Pig is called Emily Elephant.
She’s a little ray of sunshine that is often seen wearing yellow. Why not give this name to any elephant that brings you a spark of joy?